Post by The Geek on Skates on Jun 21, 2020 2:45:01 GMT
I just got a mechanical keyboard! It's been awesome, like going back in time! Except for the crazy rainbow lighting lol... I still don't understand why gamers today are so obsessed with things that light up... but I will admit playing with it is kind of fun. Anyway, I fired up VICE, wrote a little BASIC program, and got to thinking... I got the keyboard, why not a joystick? I've seen joysticks for the C64 mini all over Amazon, some of them come with a mini for like 10 bucks more (I'll pass on that lol). But I was wondering, how are they? I thought I heard they had some issues (and not just the fact that there are way too many buttons, lol). I don't even know what issues a joystick could have (apart from just breaking over time), but I thought I'd ask you guys. Or I guess a better question would be, what do you (those of you who don't use original hardware anyway) recommend for C64 games?
Post by The Geek on Skates on Jun 22, 2020 1:24:01 GMT
Wow, that looks pretty cool, especially considering it works on a real C64! I was asking about the one that comes with the mini, which is USB I think (though it's good to know they make original joystick to USB adapters). Thanks for the info.
As per the joystick that comes with it. It will not last the test of time compared with the original. There has been alot of bad reviews and online videos on how to repair them. I also heard that the maxi version (V2) is better than the mini version (V1) but i can't truly say as I only own the (V1) joystick.
The joystick for the mini has those rubber pad buttons inside. Its not too bad to use imo. But the shaft is somewhat fragile, and breaks easily. I guess it's best to avoid Wintergames. For the maxi, they changed from the rubber pad buttons to to the micro switch. It's an improvement. But they used those microswitches with the metal spring in front of the button. So it is somewhat stiff to use. But it is softening up when used over time. I don't want to play wintergames with the maxi joystick either. The build quality doesn't feel high quality. But not too bad either. I use a zipstick on my real Commodore 64. But you can't really compare the zipstick with the mini maxi joystick.